Protecting Against Catastrophic Lightning Strikes
April 24, 2013
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May 9, 2013

Lightning is not only spectacular; it’s dangerous and deadly.  When the Weather Channel sought out lightning protection innovators for their series, Hacking the Planet, they came to Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc. (LEC). Companies around the world require appropriate expertise when it comes to lightning protection planning and design and many of the Global 500 have solicited LEC’s expert advice and services. When the Oil and Gas industry requested an educational event on lightning and different lightning protection solutions, again, LEC was the choice. Lightning protection is no longer optional, it is a necessity and companies must start paying attention to.

In this episode of Hacking the Planet, John Rennie, a science writer, editor and lecturer, goes on a quest to explore ways to better protect against it as well as possible ways to harness its power. In order to ‘hack’ out these lightning facts, he visited Mountain Village in Telluride, Colorado, which utilizes LEC’s Dissipation Array System (DAS™) to protect their gondola equipment and the millions of visitors they have each year.

Check out the video below and watch as John examines the lightning protection system atop the mountain and confirms that the charge transfer technology actually does, HACK lightning!

But John is not the only person talking about the disastrous effects of lightning strikes. Just last month, The Houston Chronicle, Oil and Gas Financial Journal and Rigzone all ran articles on the risks associated with lightning strikes.

In addition, The First Annual Lightning Protection Summit will take place on May 8 at the Petroleum Club of Houston. This exclusive, intimate event is dedicated to providing practical information about the science and future of lightning.  Dr. Albin J. Gasiewski, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration/University of Colorado Center for Environmental Technology, and a Professor at CU, will discuss facts and effects of the increased lightning strikes across the globe. Industry leaders and executives from major oil and gas companies will learn about the steps that can be taken now to protect assets and people, along with important weather-related data for their industry.

 

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